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BALTIMORE, July 16, 2013 — US Lacrosse today announced the 56 youth lacrosse teams that will compete in the fifth annual US Lacrosse Under-15 National Championship, powered by Lacrosse Unlimited, July 23-25 (girls) and July 26-28 (boys) at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
Defending national champions Sky Walkers (Md.) and Long Island Express (N.Y.) and runners-up Yellow Jackets (N.Y.) and Fellowship of Christian Athletes (Md.) return to highlight the girls’ 32-team field and the boys’ 24-team field, respectively. The 56 teams hail from 22 states, and they’ll bring nearly 1,400 players to participate in an event that is part of the annual Champion ESPN Games.
“We’re happy to celebrate our fifth U15 National Championship and bring many of the nation’s best youth teams together to compete with class and honor the game,” said Beth Porreca, director of special events at US Lacrosse. “Together with our friends at Lacrosse Unlimited, STX, Disney and ESPN, we welcome athletes, coaches, parents and fans from all corners of the country for a terrific week of youth lacrosse.”
The girls’ bracket also features several teams that placed in the top four at US Lacrosse Regional Championships in June, where they earned automatic invitations with free or reduced registration to the U15 National Championship. Among them: US Lacrosse West champion BearLax 2016 Blue (Calif.), runner-up BearLax 2017 (Calif.), bronze medalist Pacific Falcons (Calif.) and semifinalist Desert Heat (Ariz.), US Lacrosse Central runner-up Detroit Coyotes (Mich.) and semifinalist Minnesota Elite, and US Lacrosse Northeast champion Yellow Jackets 2017 (N.Y.), runner-up Ultimate Elite (N.J.) and semifinalist BBL 2017 (N.J.).
Likewise, US Lacrosse regional qualifiers competing for the boys’ U15 National Championship include US Lacrosse West champion Brady’s Bunch (Calif.) and runner-up Colorado 14ers, US Lacrosse Central champion Green Machine (Ind.), US Lacrosse Southeast bronze medalist Winston-Salem (N.C.) and semifinalist Triad Elite (N.C.), and US Lacrosse Northeast champion New Jersey North East, runner-up Next Level (R.I.) and bronze medalist Long Island Express Piranhas (N.Y.).
Each national championship will begin with a day of pool play. After that, teams will be seeded for a single-elimination bracket to determine the national champion. Participating teams:
US Lacrosse Girls’ U15 National Championship • July 23-25 BBL 2017 (N.J.) BearLax 2016 Blue (Calif.) BearLax 2017 Blue (Calif.) Bluegrass Premier (Ky.) Cardinal 2016 Red (Va.) Colorado Connecticut Dodgers Desert Heat (Ariz.) Detroit Coyotes (Mich.) Dominant (Md.) Eagle Stix (Ga.) Elevate (N.Y.) Lady Trojan Gold (Ga.) Lax Maniax (Fla.) Long Island Express 2016 (N.Y.) Long Island Liberty (N.Y.) Long Island Top Guns (N.Y.) Minnesota Elite NEM&D 2016 (Md.) North Carolina Pacific Falcons (Calif.) Sky Walkers 2016 (Md.) Stars Gold (Va.) STEPS 2016 (N.J.) StickBenders (Fla.) Storm Select (Va.) SuperStix (Wash.) Ultimate Elite (Pa./N.J.) Utah Washington Yellow Jackets Blue (N.Y.) Yellow Jackets Gold (N.Y.)
US Lacrosse Boys’ U15 National Championship • July 26-28 3d Select (Colo.) Brady’s Bunch (Calif.) C2C Black (Texas) Colorado Colorado 14ers Dukes HHH (Pa.) FCA (Md.) Florida Carolina Florida Navy Florida Swashbucklers For the Love of the Game (N.Y.) Green Machine (Ind.) LI Express Barracudas (N.Y.) LI Express Piranhas (N.Y.) LI Express Turtles (N.Y.) Long Island Jesters (N.Y.) Maverick Select (N.J.) NESLL (Mass./N.H.) New Jersey North East Next Level (R.I.) Storm (Fla.) Triad Elite (N.C.) Utah Winston-Salem (N.C.)
Pool-play schedules for each championship are online at http://uslax.in/13KwaVA.
For more event info, visit www.uslacrosse.org/2013u15nationalchampionship and follow @uslaxchamps on Twitter (hashtag #uslaxchamps).
Lacrosse Unlimited is the official retailer of the US Lacrosse U15 National Championship. STX is the event’s official equipment manufacturer.
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